Reptar are all bells and brass with their latest track “Amanda.” The video is the type of weirdo trip you’d expect from the Athens, Georgia band, but the song is as sweet as a peach. Their previous single, “Cable,” would sound great next to All Tiny Creatures on a mixtape, and Reptar’s debut off of Lurid Glow ties the two nicely together.
Reptar plays Madison, Wisconsin tonight at The Frequency – be sure to bring your dancing shoes because every time I’ve seen them it’s turned into a one big party.
Lurid Glow dropped March 31st. Find more tour dates here.
The Rock County Folk Symposium may well be our favorite part of the summer, and we’re over the moon about sharing this mix with you. On Saturday, August 23rd, join us in the safe zone of Camp Rotamer and let the antidote of live music, local food, and interactive art steel you against the encroaching madness and heal what ails you. The main stage artists have all handpicked a piece to share with you. For a field test, retrieve your headphones and bunker down – if your body and soul feel rejuvenated it is in your best interest to enter the quarantine zone and seek the full treatment. Let heritage lead you home.
This winter is never ending so I’ve decided to will it away with this summery mix. Please enjoy this Fireworks Disaster.
Fireworks Disaster 01| My Girls by Animal Collective
02| Steve McQueen by M83
03| Take A Walk by Passion Pit
04| Ghosts and Creatures by Telekinesis
05| All Eyes On You by St. Lucia
06| Polish Girl by Neon Indian
07| Quickest Cut by All Tiny Creatures
08| Hard and Young by Zulu Pearls
09| Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2 by Father John Misty
10| River by Akron/Family
11| Lakeside Trust by Brave Baby
12| Younger Us by Japandroids
I first heard Milwaukee’s The Altos in the middle of the night, outdoors on a river bank, surrounded by fog. Backlit by colored lights, all I could see were sharp black outlines cutting through the fog. It was an overwhelming experience – I was surrounded by friends, the stars were bright overhead, and the icy fingers of fall were creeping in. The Altos’ songwriting is dark and complex, and the sheer force of their sound can bowl you over. When I heard they were coming to The Shitty Barn in Spring Green, I invited them to make a mix. Brendan Benham volunteered, and curated a collection of songs having much in common with The Altos’ sound, but left to warm in the sunlight.
These tracks have been in heavy rotation for me lately, soundtracking my summer.
Many of these bands are my friends, and I highly encourage everyone to check out
their records, as they are all fantastic.
This mix is for your summer. Cruise around town to it. Bask in the sun to it.
Smell the lilacs to it. Make out in backseats to it. Party into the night to it.
Shut your eyes and see.
01| New Map by M83 (2011)
02| Kings & Queens by Apostle of Hustle (2004)
03| Brave World – Bowerbirds (2012)
04| Rip the Universe – Reverie Sound Revue (2003)
05| Only Shallow – My Bloody Valentine (1991)
06| Violent Games – Polica (2012)
07| Aviation Class – All Tiny Creatures (2011)
08| Kiss Me Crazy – Bear in Heaven (2012)
09| Go Ego – Eight and a Half (2012)
10| Peg – The Darcys (2012)
11| Summer Dress – A Lull (2012)
12| Still D.R.E. (Shatterhors Refix) – Dr. Dre (2012)
13| Changes – Sandro Perri (2011)
14| Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries/Shampoo Suicide – Broken Social Scene (2002)
Project Lodge is a home for creators and explorers. Our small storefront on the near East side of Madison serves as an art gallery, performance space, and de facto community center for artists, musicians, filmmakers, authors, and anyone else interested in collaborating towards a thriving creative culture in Madison. We are all ages, 100% volunteer-powered, and completely donation-driven.
The five-band bill moved along swiftly – a decent set from everyone and not a whole lot of downtime (truly living the dream). Anna Vogelzang kicked off the night, her lovely voice and banjo bolstered by upright bass and cello. Next up was Whitney Mann, joined by Allen and Amanda Rigell of Count This Penny. Mann’s voice could easily knock over a linebacker, but she’s got a great sense of when to reign it in and when to belt away.
Transitioning from the country slant of the first two acts was Icarus Himself. Super-solid as usual, I can’t say enough good things about them. All Tiny Creatures put together a great set – interesting drumming, and an overall sound somewhere between indie and jam but sounding like neither genre. ATC was a nice segue to Julian Lynch, who similarly tiptoes around the outside of the indie-rock box.
In all, it was nice to see a solid block of hometown talent, the cornerstone to the success of The Project Lodge. If you want to support The Project Lodge but were unable to make the benefit (or you came to the show and want to give more), check out the ProLo’s Kickstarter campaign.